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Little Rush Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: African Bush-Warbler, African Sedge Warbler

Photo by volker sthamer
Awassa, Ethiopia, September 2010
Bradypterus baboecala


13–15 cm

  • Dark throat streaks
  • Short wings
  • Graduated tail
  • Slim bill


Western Africa: Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, eSwatini



Clements recognizes 10 subspecies[1]:

  • B. b. centralis:
  • B. b. chadensis:
  • B. b. sudanensis:
  • B. b. abyssinicus:
  • B. b. elgonensis:
  • Highlands of western and central Kenya and south-eastern Uganda
  • B. b. tongensis (moreaui):
  • B. b. benguellensis:
  • B. b. msiri (bedfordi):
  • B. b. transvaalensis:
  • B. b. baboecala:

Gill and Donsker and Dickinson split Highland Rush Warbler from this species (including centralis and elgonensis by both and sudanensis and chadensis by Dickinson only). Furthermore the given ranges of the subspecies differ significantly.


Swamps, wetlands, reed and sedge beds


Normally skulkers, these birds sometimes call from higher up on bulrushes or reeds.


Their diet mostly consists of small insects and ant eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2014)

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